How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

For years and years and years and years and…

I dreaded taking a fitted sheet off the clothesline or out of the dryer.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

In the beginning it was the *only* fitted sheet, so it went back on the bed, but after many years, I scrounged up the money to buy a second sheet, and that’s when I began fretting over this fitted sheet business.

Many years later, I got good at making a weird ball of the fitted sheet, and having one “clean edge”, that faced out on the shelf.

But the sheet was always super wrinkly after, and what girl likes wrinkles!?

It would just have to do, cuz I had no idea how to make it better.

Then one day I was watching Martha Stewart.

This was before she went to jail.

I think.

And she had this random tip on how to fold a fitted sheet.

Since that day, my life in the linen closet has never been the same.

So, I thought why not randomly share this tip with you!  Unless you were watching that episode of Martha Stewart, then you already know how to fold a fitted sheet.

But hey! most of us probably were NOT watching Martha Stewart, cuz if we were, she’d still have a TV show, right!?

***For this tutorial I am using a crib sheet cuz it’s what I had coming out of the dryer when I had the idea for this blog post.  But this technique works crib-to-king.

I normally do not lay a sheet out flat like this to fold it.

Only for this tutorial.

And after you’ve tried this technique a few times, you will probably be able to fold a sheet holding all four corners at the same time.

I might be a freak of nature, tho.  I can fold a king size flat sheet without a single thread touching the floor.  That’s what I learned from MANY years of hanging clothes out on a line for EIGHT PEOPLE!

You would think that with 8 people in my family, I had a lot of help.

You would be wrong.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 1

Lay the sheet flat.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 2

Find two corners.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 3

The key to this technique is tucking two corners into the other two corners.

With two corners lying flat, find a third corner, and put your finger into the tip of the corner.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 4

Tuck your sheet-covered finger into the other corner.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 5

Do the same for the other side.

Then tuck the two bunched-up edges together.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 6

Lay the rest of the sheet flat.

Now you have a fitted sheet that is lying flat.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Step 7

Fold the sheet as you would a towel.

Or a flat sheet.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet


How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

Now it’s time to take all those weird balls out of the linen closet, and bring order!

What!?  I was the only one doing the weird ball thing?

Happy Folding!



  1. Genius!!! I know it seems silly, but thank you for sharing this I hate that they are in ball and then need to be ironed. Who wants to iron sheets?!


  2. I have troubles folding ours all the time. So glad I found this! it sure helps. :0)
    We would love to have you at our first ever link party… *Crafty Lassie Tuesdays*
    Heather & Rose

  3. Erica says:

    I saw that episode and it changed my linen closet’s life.

  4. Thanks so much for linking up!
    We are going to keep this going every Tuesday…
    Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, so invite your friends.
    :0) Heather & Rose

  5. Smart! I always put my corners together like that, but I put all four corners together, and that leaves a rounded corner when you fold it. Not nearly as neat. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Terry says:

    Oh no, you’re not the only one with lumps and balls in your linen closet, lol. I will definitely give this a try next wash day. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Kristyn Wosneski says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Folding fitted sheets has been a pet peeve of mine for so long; and now you’ve helped save a piece of my sanity!!!!! I’m soooo loving this post right now!!!! I even went into my son’s bedroom right after I read it to properly fold all his toddler-sized fitted sheets…Amazing how much more room there is in the drawer now instead of having all those “sheet balls” crammed in there!!! BTW, I found you through a link on Nothing But Country, which I only discovered recently :-)

  8. Vicky says:

    I loathe the fitted sheet, but this seems easy. Thank you Denise and Martha. You know this seems like something she may have learned in the slammer.

  9. Sieglinde says:

    LOVE it! Thank you, thank you, thank you….I have been struggling with this for quite a while, lol!

  10. cindy says:

    It’s amazing what makes us happy!

  11. Nancy says:

    I’m amazed how many people didn’t know this. I’m not even sure where I learned. For years, I thought my friend showed me, but she insists I showed her–and that was in the late sixties. But good on you for passing the info on. (I think there should be a how-to in every fitted sheet sold.)

  12. Jen V. says:

    Thanks for sharing that!! I get so frustated and usually end up with a big ball of sheet that I throw in the linen closet.

  13. Froggy says:

    I totally learned to fold my bedsheets watching that Martha Stewart episode, too! :)

    Btw, love your blog Denise!

  14. Debbie says:

    My sister and I were just talking about this fitted sheet problem yesterday. Ironic ! I’m going to share this with her, I did it!! Thanks!

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